RURAL SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES A solution to the human resource crisis in rural district hospitals?

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 46, issue 1, 2004 , pages: 5–6
DOI: 10.1080/20786204.2004.10873025
Author(s): AJ RossDepartment of Family Medicine,, ID CouperFaculty of Health Sciences,


Recruiting sufficient health personnel for rural hospitals is an ongoing problem. The Friends of Mosvold Scholarship Scheme in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a locally based scholarship scheme that offers the local community a chance to develop its own human resources for health care. Students are required to work in the local hospital during their vacations and sign a contract to work back their scholarship year for year. Already 44 people from Ingwavuma are being supported to study for a variety of health professions. This concept is being extended to the Limpopo and North-West provinces through the Wits Initiative for Rural Health Education. The scheme provides a model for human resource development at a district level that could be usefully adopted by any tier of government.

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